What do you guys think the minimum enclosure size is for a full grown retic? I have my female in a 6x4x2 she’s about 1 1/2 years old so she has quite a bit of time to grow into it before she’s need an upgrade. What’s your opinion on this controversial topic?
Honestly, most people are going to tell you that they can fit inside a 8 foot enclosure. Well this is true, it may not always be the best choice. If not grossly overfed retics can actually stay a “manageable” size for a retic. I believe 8 foot enclosure can work as long as the depth is also there. But 10 feet with more depth can’t be horrible for snakes that are pretty active though.
Imo, you can get away with a “smaller” enclosure as long as you maximize the amount of stretching space. Shelves, height, multiple levels to access and move around the enclosure. With that said, I keep my largest Boa (She’s maybe 7’ and almost 7 years old) is in a Vision 632 so I do like providing a lot of space when possible.
I agree that height is important. You could be okay with that footprint (I would go bigger) if you got a taller one. Try to keep her lean, not underfed, but avoid overfeeding (unfortunately most retics are).
And if you keep them lean they will still like to climb!
I say go with the same rule we use for any snake. They need to be able to stretch out fully on no more than 2 sides of the enclosure. Since this is an arboreal snake they also need a lot of height on top of that for climbing. I don’t know why some people get a snake that can get to giant sizes and then try to justify keeping them in a very tiny enclosure for said size. Retics aren’t nearly as inactive as some snakes, so they do need the room.
What kind of space do you have to work with? I’d just go as big as you possibly can.
There is no 100% definitive answer as to what size cage a retic needs. Every retic might have different requirement. I have some animals that are more active then others. Some do better and feel more secure in a smaller enclosure. I have always used visions for all of my retics, and even my biggest animals do well in them. I do try to get my animals out atleast once a week and cruise around the snake room for some excercise which I think is extremely beneficial to them. I have quite a few older animals in the 10 year old+ range and they are absolutely doing amazing.